Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Dr Ambedkar Vanavasi Kalyan Trust: education with self-employment

Dr Ambedkar Vanavasi Kalyan Trust: education with self-employment

Source: News Bharati     

Vanvasi hostel at Dang

Education and employment are the necessary tools to construct a firm structure of any nation. If any nation lags behind in either of the two ways, then its growth will be stunted. Education without employment will create an army of unemployed youths who will get indulged in criminal activities whereas employment without education will create labourers in abundant quantities who will be exploited by the capitalists. Dr Ambedkar Vanavasi Kalyan Trust has therefore struck a proper balance by blending education with self-employment which is the need of the hour in the backward tribal belt of Gujarat.

In the heart of Surat city in Gujarat, covering an area of 5000 sq m, two beautiful buildings have been built that provide facilities for various activities for all round development and welfare of Schedule Caste, Schedule Tribe & economical backward people.

Education: Hostel facility has been provided to the students of Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe attending various degree or diploma courses at the university level. The hostel has an in-house kitchen
and a dining hall to fulfill the necessary food requirement of the students.

In today’s age, the knowledge of computers is a must. Computer literacy plays a vital role in this internet age. Therefore, a computer training centre has established to make available computer education facility to the deprived children of slum areas. They are given training in MS office, internet surfing, DTP, etc. A well equipped library quenches their thirst of knowledge where a wide collection of reference books as well as subject books have been made available. Biographies of world famous personalities are also kept in the library.

In order to develop a scientific approach among students right from the primary level, a Gyan Vigyan Centre has been opened. Conducting scientific experiment personally leads to deep interest in science which may help the budding scientist in the child.

The trust has also completed the work of building a hostel with all necessary facilities, with a capacity of housing 100 students on a plot of 15000 sq m at Ahwa in Dang. Dang district is totally occupied by the forest dwelling tribes of Gujarat and the hostel is part of a project that aims at the all round development of forest dwelling brethren living in the jungles of Dang.

Under the guidance of experts in agricultural field, farmers of south Gujarat have been trained in a specially evolved method of farming (rice cultivation with 4 step method) which has twice or thrice production as compared to the traditional method.

Self employment: The trust is offering many short term courses. These courses have helped students in generating self employment thereby improving their socio-economic conditions. Self-help groups have been started for women members who have attended various self employment training programmes of the trust and have become financially self sufficient.

A special care has been taken to keep the young generation specially from the lower economic class in
touch with the trust, through library and reading room facility. A group of fifteen sisters have been constituted who extend their help in organizing programmes for health, educational awareness, etc. Some of the teachers giving training in various self employment training programmes have themselves taken their training from the centres of the trust and are now providing their services in the respective fields.

Dr Ambedkar Vanvasi Kalyan Trust
Eklavya Bhavan/ Valmiki Bhavan
Next to Chokshiwadi, Opp. Radhakrishna Temple
Rander Road, Surat - 395009
Gujarat, India
Phone: + 91 - 261 -2781399
How to reach:

By air: Vadodara, located at a distance of 140 km from Surat is the nearest airport.

By road: Surat is connected to major cities like Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Mumbai by a wide network of roads.

By rail: Surat being one of the major junctions on the Mumbai-Delhi-Ahmedabad broad gauge line is well connected to other prime cities in Gujarat and the other parts of the country.

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